Installation sites? (Was Re: [OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?)

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at
Tue Oct 24 16:12:56 EDT 2006

On Oct 24, 2006, at 17:58, Joshua Smith wrote:

> Gerben,
> This leads to a follow up question of when/how are LaTeX packages 
> updated in i-Packages?  For example, the default lineno package 
> installed is version 4.1 from January 2005 but the current one 
> available from TUG is 4.41 from November 2005.  Or, the nomencl 
> package installed is from November 2001 (according to the 
> documentation I pulled up using texdoc) but the current one available 
> from TUG is from September 2005.

The current texmf trees are based on teTeX which is from January 2005. 
teTeX is no lonoger maintained and this has become official since 
somewhere this year.

I am currently working on providing an i-Package that is not based on 
teTeX (for the main texmf tree) anymore but on TeX Live. This requires 
a substantial bit of work and it should be ready before I have to talk 
about it during TUG2006 in Marrakech ;-)


> Thanks,
> Josh
> On Oct 24, 2006, at 5:16 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>>> Claus,
>>> What happens when there is a package installed by i-Installer and you
>>> put a newer version in one of these recommended installation sites?
>>> Which is used?  Do packages in these directories take precedent?
>> Yes. When you run TeX (e.g. via TeXShop), these take precedent when 
>> TeX
>> looks for files.
>> But during the configuration phase of the TeX i-Package, these 
>> locations
>> are ignored. Hence, for stuff like sty files and such that are not 
>> used
>> during configuration of TeX, ~/Library/texmf is fine. But for stuff 
>> like
>> additional fonts, maps, hyphenation patterns etc, which are used 
>> during
>> configuration (think creation of font maps, formats), texmf.local (or
>> another system-wide alternative as used by Rowland for instance, see 
>> list
>> archive) is a better place.
>> G
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